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Jos Buttler wants NatWest Twenty20 to emulate Big Bash League

Jos Buttler wants NatWest Twenty20 to emulate Big Bash League
Jos Buttler wants the Natwest T20 Blast to be trimmed.
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England batsman Jos Buttler has suggested that the NatWest Twenty20 Blast should be organised along the same lines as the Big Bash League (BBL), Australia's premier T20 tournament.

The main difference between the NatWest T20 Blast and showpiece T20 leagues like BBL, the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is the scheduling of the competition.

While leagues like the IPL, BBL and the CPL are scheduled over a short period of time in a contiguous block, the NatWest T20 Blast is organised over several months.

Buttler said that not having a T20 league like the IPL or the BBL is “frustrating for the players” and also feels that domestic cricketers are missing out on the experience of playing in such a tournament.

The 25-year-old said that the organisers of the NatWest T20 Blast would find greater success in attracting star players if it is organised in one block.

"It’s frustrating for the players and the fans that we don’t have a competition like the IPL," Buttler told the Daily Mail.

"It feels as if our domestic players are missing out.

"After all, we did create Twenty20, but we’ve not taken it on.

"Our teams don’t have to have different names, but we should have fewer teams, and go with a Big Bash-style tournament.

"And if you hold it as a block, you’re going to attract the best players."

Hampshire duo Darren Sammy and Shahid Afridi have also voiced their concerns over the lengthy schedule of the NatWest T20 Blast.

Terming the NatWest T20 Blast as a “difficult tournament”, Sammy said that such scheduling with a couple of games every weekend is frustrating for the cricketers.

"It’s a difficult tournament, at least three months, it’s long," Sammy told ESPNcricinfo.

"It can be frustrating playing one or two games every weekend.

"It’s Twenty20, you’ve got to be playing it fast."

On the other hand, Afridi said that he has already spoken to a few officials and recommended that the NatWest T20 Blast be organised in a 30-day schedule.

Afridi also reasoned that it will not be easy for the players to switch on and off from different formats due to the lengthy schedule of the NatWest t20 Blast.

"England is my second home, I always enjoy my cricket here," said Afridi.

"But I’ve already talked to a few officials, that we should organise it and finish it in a month.

"It’s not easy playing one game, then a four-day game, then another T20; but as a professional cricketer, you can adjust yourself."

Earlier in January, former England captain Kevin Pietersen cited his inability to take part in the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast due to the scheduling of the tournament.

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